The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced last week the members of the 2017 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. Gustie seniors earning a place on this year’s team include Levi Folkert (Elgin, Minn.), Tyler Jakes (North Mankato, Minn.), and Jake Schmitz (North Branch, Minn.).
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) prides itself on the combined athletic and academic accomplishments of its talented student-athletes. No conference honor better exemplifies that commitment to balanced excellence than the MIAC Academic All-Conference award and, in the fall of 2016, the conference's student-athletes set a remarkable new standard with a record 381 student-athletes named Academic All-Conference.
2016 was another year filled with conference championships, national tournament appearances and spectacular individual performances both on and off the field of play for Gustavus athletics. Here’s a look back at numerous highlight events that occurred throughout the year.
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference released its 2016 Football Postseason Awards Tuesday and Gustavus is well represented with two student-athletes on the First Team, seven on the Second Team, and four honorable mentions.
Gustavus sophomore defensive back Jordan Kahlow provided the spark that pulled the Gusties away for good in Saturday's 38-21 win at Carleton. With the score 24-21 in favor of Gustavus midway through the fourth quarter and the Knights driving into Gustavus territory, Kahlow intercepted a pass at midfield and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown. Kahlow finished the game with the pick-six and four tackles. He finished the season with two interceptions returned for touchdowns and his 96 interception return yards are the most in the MIAC. He also ranked second on the team with 50 tackles and had four pass breakups.
Four interceptions and two that went for touchdowns propelled the Gustavus football team to a 38-21 victory at Carleton College Saturday in the season finale. Holding on to a slim 24-21 advantage midway through the fourth quarter, the Gustie defense stood tall with two interception returns for touchdowns on consecutive Carleton possessions. The Gusties edged the Knights 378-361 in total yards to finish the season 5-5 overall and 3-5 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The Gustavus Adolphus College football team is set play in its season finale today at Carleton College. The Gusties come into today’s Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup with a 4-5 overall record and a 2-5 mark in the league after a 40-6 loss to No. 4 St. Thomas last Saturday, while the Knights are 1-8 overall and 1-6 in the league.
Casey Decker had a productive day punting the ball against the No. 4-ranked Tommies. Decker had six punts for 235 yards, averaging 39.2 yards per punt. He also landed a season-long 57-yard punt inside the 20-yard line. Decker's punting was crucial in the field position game as he gave the Tommies a long field to work with after each kick. Two of his punts were not returned, while the other four were returned for an average of only 2.8 yards. This season, Decker has punted 39 times for a total of 1,396 yards, and his average of 35.8 yards per punt ranks third in the MIAC. He has five punts inside the 20, nine fair catches and two touchbacks.
In the final home game of the 2016 season, the Gustavus football team lost to No. 4-ranked University of St. Thomas 40-6. The Tommies outgained the Gusties 458-128 in total yards and limited the home team to two field goals. Gustavus had a significant advantage in time of possession at 35:46-24:14, but was unable to finish drives in the endzone. The Gusties fall to 4-5 overall and 2-5 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Confernce, while the Tommies remain undefeated at 9-0 overall and 7-0 in the league.
The Gustavus Adolphus College football team is set to host the University of St. Thomas on its annual Senior Day Saturday. The Gusties come into Saturday’s Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup with a 4-4 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the league after a 23-3 win at St. Olaf last Saturday, while the No. 4-ranked Tommies are 8-0 overall and 6-0 in the conference after a 27-6 victory at Bethel last week.